A casino is a place where champagne glasses clink, locals and tourists mingle and the air is thick with excitement. There’s a palpable buzz that makes even the most jaded person take a moment to marvel at what they’re seeing. This energy is a part of what makes casinos so incredibly memorable and can help you differentiate your venue from the rest.

Like many other Scorsese films, Casino is a bit of a time capsule of the city of Las Vegas in the 1980s. It lays bare an intricate web of corruption centered in Las Vegas with tendrils reaching out to politicians, Teamsters unions, the Chicago mob and a Midwest mafia based out of Kansas City.

While the movie does a great job of showing off the opulence and neon signs that make Las Vegas a popular destination for partying and weekend getaways, it also exposes the seedier side of the city with its connections to organized crime. The movie is also noteworthy for introducing us to Nicky, the sleazy, slick mobster played by Robert De Niro.

The movie also points out that casinos are basically rigged to bleed patrons of their cash. While some gamblers may be able to beat the house by using sophisticated strategies, most of the time they’re merely throwing away their money on a literal roll of the dice or spin of the wheel. This is why a casino must be careful to use security measures to prevent cheating and theft by both patrons and staff members.